|SF Love with Lance DeSardi
San Francisco's Lance DeSardi is excited - and he should be, as he prepares to participate in the city's second Love Parade this weekend.
This year's parade will once again see Lance play on the Om Records float with partner-in-crime, JT Donaldson surrounded by many of his friends and the 60,000 new ones he’ll meet while playing the brand of house music that has seen him coveted by fans from the West to the East.
It’ll be here, during the San Francisco version of the Berlin concept of love and freedom of expression, the Love Parade, that DeSardi will once again show American audiences why dance music brings people together.
You’re playing at the Om Records float again for the second year, sharing the stage with label mates such as J Boogie, DJ Fluid, and Mark Farina. With so many talented DJs on one float, how will you all find time to play a proper set? Will you guys tag-team, allowing anyone to switch in-and-out for a track or two?
Last year JT & I tagged. It was good, but the float kept bouncing around and the records skipped a lot. I think this year we’ll probably play mostly CDs, which means I can break in some of my new stuff on the float…
The first Love Parade to hit North America had an attendance of 30,000+ in year one with an expected attendance of 80,000 dance music lovers this year. Are you excited to hear how people in the dance community have embraced the concept of the Love Parade?
Yeah, it’s really great. Last year we all had pretty much no idea what to expect, and it turned out to be a great laugh. This year we’ll have a better idea of what to prepare for; which is basically madness, which I like.
This year’s Love Parade in San Francisco has expanded for the entire weekend with pre-parties, post-parties, and weekend parties throughout the city in celebration of the Love Parade and the idea of Dr. Motte’s “Love, Peace, and Pancakes”. How do you see the Love Parade different, or special compared to other dance events like Glastonbury, Fuse-In, or Coachella?
Well, I think it’s pretty much the same, really. Those festivals are all about bringing people together, and having a good time. I think it’s all about the music in the end…
" When a DJ is rocking it, and hundreds (or thousands) of people are all on the same wavelength. That’s a special thing, and you can’t know it unless you’ve been there. ".
- Lance DeSardi on Loveparade San Francisco 2005
Any memorable moments from last year's parade that you can share to those who might think otherwise from coming to San Francisco to experience this version of the Love Parade?
The whole actual parade is the best part. It’s so great to be out in the sunshine downtown, watching all these cool floats go by playing rocking music. You’d think this sort of think couldn't happen in the US these days, but it has…
The Love Parade and Woodstock have the same essence, same vibe; two events that bring love and peace; colorful and open-minded people together in one location, with a massive party and some of the most popular entertainers of their time. Do you see any correlations between this and Woodstock?
I guess so. Good music, good people… It’s all love!
Do you believe dance music, or dance culture is just a fad like what most people in the general music business believe?
No. If you listen to most pop music, it’s all pretty much dance music. Even rock music is dancey right now. I think it’s all just melding together, which is great.
Do you think the parade will open or has opened the eyes of those that haven’t paid attention to dance culture? Do you think this event will eventually revitalize the presence of dance music in mainstream culture in America?
Maybe all the shoppers and people downtown that see these crazy floats go by. I think it’s usually people that are already into it that come out for it, kind of like Burning Man or something. But I’m sure there are people that get dragged out by their friends that might get into it…
The organisers who brought the Love Parade to San Francisco saw the diversity in its people, music, and culture and they believed it was the perfect location for the parade. You’re originally from Dallas but are now located in San Francisco. What was your reason to move west to the Bay Area?
For that very reason, I think. Everything just seems a little freer here. People can be who they are without worrying about getting flack for it.
You create House music, you play House music, and you have been enamored in House music for years, but what are you opinions to those who constantly say that DJs are no more than a guy putting a record on and pressing the ‘play’ button?
Well, that’s true, in a sense, but those people have obviously never been on a dancefloor when a DJ is rocking it, and hundreds (or thousands) of people are all on the same wavelength. That’s a special thing, and you can’t know it unless you’ve been there.
You and your DJ partner JT Donaldsonhave recently released the fifth installment of the “San Francisco Sessions,” but can you give RA a heads-up on anything to keep an ear out for, or anything else towards the end of 2005?
Well, I’m working on a band project right now, and I have a few singles coming out for Coco Machete records, and Coma recordings. Other than that, hopefully we can do another mix project soon… Thanks!